Rossall School has attracted a luminous name to act as ambassador for its forthcoming senior girls’ elite football programme: Chelsea and England central defender, Millie Bright.
Beginning in September 2021, the initiative will run alongside a new junior programme for both girls and boys.
Like the boys’ elite programme, established in 2017, it will run in partnership with local League One side, Fleetwood Town (FTFC).
The school hopes that the new venture follows its forebear’s success, with the boys’ programme having grown from three to nearly 40 pupils, selected from more than 20 countries.
The girls will benefit from a development programme offering elite coaching, fine training facilities, and matches against leading academy teams from around the world. Closer to home, they will have the opportunity to play against the top sides in the north of England, including the Fleetwood Wrens.
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A number of scholarships and means-tested bursaries (up to 100%) will be available for the senior girls’ programme, including the Millie Bright Football Scholarship.
“I am really excited that they are offering scholarships for talented and hardworking girl players,” said Bright, a former England young player of the year.
“I am where I am today through my work ethic and I would encourage everyone to follow their journey and dreams like I did mine, through hard work, commitment and passion for the game.”
Bright’s words were echoed by the school’s headmaster, Jeremy Quartermain. “This programme will attract aspirant and hardworking girls who are committed to excelling both on and off the pitch,” he said. “The opportunity to blend world-class coaching with outstanding teaching is about as exciting as it gets.
“The strength of this partnership has enabled us to offer a programme that is unique in terms of both its resourcing and ambition. We are especially pleased that Millie is on board as she serves as an excellent role model for those wishing to make their way in the game.”